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Finger Lakes’ tale told in the numbers

The Finger Lakes region appears to be doing things right when it comes to focusing economic attention on higher education, high-tech jobs and — in the Ontario County area in particular — food- and drink-related industries.

But, poverty-stricken pockets throughout the nine-county region persist and young people are continuing to leave the state, which will continue to pose challenges for government and business leaders.

That’s the gist of a special economic profile of the Finger Lakes region, which was unveiled Wednesday during a visit to Canandaigua by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

“You have many positives to build on, and some are unique to this area,” DiNapoli said, shortly after a tour of the New York Wine and Culinary Center.

Among the positives he noted: competitive values of housing in the region, colleges and universities that produce skilled workers in high-demand areas, and food manufacturing.

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